World Bank Robert S. McNamara Fellowship Program(RSMFP) 2024 (A Competitive Salary Of $46,500 Monthly)

Fellows will spend 8 months at the World Bank headquarters in Washington, D.C. (from September to May each year), working under the guidance of researchers in the World Bank’s Development Impact (DIME) and Development Research Group departments on high-quality, policy-focused research projects.

World Bank Robert S. McNamara Fellowship Program

World Bank Robert S. McNamara Fellowship Program(RSMFP)

The Robert S. McNamara Fellowships Program (RSMFP) at the World Bank connects emerging development economics researchers from developing countries with World Bank research economists, offering them unique opportunities to participate in rigorous, policy-focused research within the World Bank’s Development Economics Vice Presidency (DEC).

Through collaboration with World Bank DEC researchers and their academic partners from renowned universities, fellows will gain insights into current research standards, acquire new econometric skills, and connect with leading researchers in their field. They will have a unique opportunity to take part in rigorous, policy-relevant research and broaden their perspective on potential development issues and how their research can address challenges in the developing world.

Key Program Features

  • Work Experience: Fellows will be involved in World Bank projects, working closely with World Bank DEC researchers. They will also receive training in advanced research techniques and technologies and have the opportunity to collaborate with World Bank operations. Depending on the projects, fellows may contribute to DEC’s published work, co-author with DEC researchers, participate in field missions, or directly engage with World Bank clients.
  • Skill Development: Fellows will undergo a one-week technical orientation at the beginning of the program, which includes training on reproducible research methods. Throughout the program, they will take part in hands-on training and seminars led by leading economists to develop their skills further. By working alongside DEC economists, fellows will improve their ability to identify, study, and write about significant development policy issues.
  • Research Dissemination: Fellows will be encouraged to write a blog based on their fellowship research within DEC. This presents an opportunity to showcase their research and contribute to discussions on development policy. The top 4 blogs will be featured each year on DEC’s Let’s Talk Development blog.


  • The RSMFP provides a competitive salary of $46,500 after income taxes for the 2023-24 cohort, per fellow for an 8-month fellowship (paid monthly). As the fellows will be based at the World Bank in Washington D.C., the World Bank’s HR Operations unit will support the chosen candidates in applying for a G4 visa.

Note: Travel expenses are not included in the fellowship.

Eligibility  Criteria

To qualify for the RSMFP, candidates must:

  • Be nationals of World Bank WBG member countries, with a preference for individuals from developing nations.
  • Have proficiency in English.
  • Hold a master’s degree or currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program in Economics or a related discipline.
  • Be under 35 years of age (by June 30, 2024).
  • Be willing to relocate to Washington, D.C. for the entirety of the fellowship.

Selection process

  • Fellowships will be granted according to the application materials, familiarity with appropriate economic methodologies, and demonstrated proficiency in necessary statistical software. Efforts will be made to ensure diversity in terms of geographical and gender representation when forming fellowship cohorts.

Required Documents

Applicants must submit:

  • A current curriculum vitae
  • A personal statement outlining their areas of research interest, career goals, and qualifications as a development researcher
  • Contact information for a referee who can supply a letter of recommendation (letters will be requested only for candidates who are shortlisted)
  • An example of written work (optional)
  • A sample of code (optional)

How To Apply For World Bank Robert S. McNamara Fellowship Program 2024

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Visit the official website of the World Bank Robert S. McNamara Fellowship Program.

Application Deadline

February 28, 2024.

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